With the beautiful spring weather, and 6 weeks of COVID-19 social distancing, no one is more anxious than we are to get back to rowing on the river or out at Silver Lake. But we want to make sure we don’t put ourselves at risk by getting back together too soon!
The SRRA board is meeting to map out our options and plans for a safe return to the water. Stay tuned, and stay safe! And until then, enjoy a virtual row:
Winter seems to finally be fading and it’s time to start planning for spring rowing. We had a successful boat maintenance day last month and have moved boats to Silver Lake for the spring season. The managers at Ruby’s on Silver Lake (17207 West Medical Lake Four Lakes Road, Medical Lake, WA 99022) have generously offered to let us launch from their site. Check Team Stuff to sign up and stay tuned for updates as conditions at the lake are still less than ideal. (Notices for practices, updates, etc. will generally be conveyed through TeamStuff going forward to avoid bombarding non-active rowers). If you are not already on TeamStuff, you can register for SRRA here.
In order to prepare for the season ahead, please:
Make sure you have an active membership with US Rowing (this is imperative for our insurance) and have signed the online waiver. You will need SRRA’s organizational validation code QT79N if you have not previously registered with USRowing as a member of SRRA.
Pay your dues–membership dues are $100 this year and can be paid online via the PayPal Giving Fund
Make sure you’re set up on Teamstuff.
Be flexible. Spring weather and the active Gonzaga race schedule (which requires Mark to travel) will prevent us from having a consistent practice schedule for a while. Currently, we are set for our first uncoached session on Wednesday April 24. We’re also in discussion with alternate coaches and will add other (hopefully earlier) practices as we can. I recommend using a punch card until our schedule solidifies in June.
For those who are interested in Learn to Row, we plan two sessions this year. They are scheduled for June 17th-29th and July 9th-20th.
Also keep in mind our friends at Coeur d’Alene Rowing. They will be on the water at Fernan soon and they offer a special rate for Spokane River Rowing members.
Once again the Northern Idaho crew and committee volunteers are gearing up for our September Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta. This will be our seventh annual event and with this year we are adding some new activities and moving others. It is hoped you will be able to join us this year. I will be sending an entry form in August as well as posting it on our website, porpa.org.
In the meantime, here is the basic nuts and bolts or should I say oars and shells of the 2017 Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta.
Friday September 29th: welcoming boats to the Mudhole. In the afternoon, there will be safety boats available and we encourage you to take a few practice rows. The Friday night BBQ has been moved to Saturday.
Saturday September 30th there will be two events (and a BBQ).
8:30am to 12:30p will be the sprint head race on the Priest River. For those of you who rowed this last year you understand the sprint part. This race is 1.7K and a lot of fun. Talk about up close and personal spectator viewing.
1-3pm there will be a BBQ at the Mudhole—details to come. The BBQ is hosted by PORPA (Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association), who is also the host organization for the HOP.
From 3-5pm there will be a 500m stake race for teams of 2,3, or 4 shells.
Sunday October 1, 7am to 12 noon PORPA invites visitors to join them for a casual row on the Pend Oreille.
If you have questions about lodging, etc please send me.
8/20/16: Our third and fourth sets of novice rowers complete Learn to Row. Everyone is invited to come down from 9:00 – 11:30AM to fill all our boats and enjoy a light brunch afterwards.
8/13/16: Snakebite Regatta in Pullman. We all rowed two to four events, generally placing 1st or 2nd. Way to go SRRA! Lots of fun with our friends from Palouse Community Rowers and Coeur d’Alene Rowing Association.
8/6/16: Nelson Sprints for a few… Masters on the Spokane at 9AM.
8/1/16: Third and fourth Learn to Row classes kick off. Open rowing opportunities M/W/F at 6AM, and Tu/Th at 5:30PM
7/30/16: Novice Learn to Row folks get their first taste of rowing with the Masters.
7/25/16: American Experience – the Boys of ’36at the Garland Theater – Doors open at 6:45PM. OVER 500 people came for the show!
7/16/16: Masters at 7:00AM; Learn to Row at 9:00AM
7/12/16: Learn to Row and Open Rowing begins this week. T/Th 6:00 – 7:45 AM and 5:30 – 7:30 PM
6/6/16: Masters M/W 5:30 – 7:30 PM and Saturdays 8:00 AM
5/21/16: Moving back to the river. 8:00 – 10:00AM
4/29-30/16: Come see us at the Bloomsday Trade Show – Booth 817
4/11/16: Our earliest season start yet. We tuned-up the boats on 4/3 and 4/9 and moved them out to Silver Lake.
This video is 2 minutes long, and features Spokane River Rowing Association members Joe Gasperi, Cindy Shirts, Jeff Evans, and Lisa Galow, from when they attended the Masters Training Camp in the spring of 2011!
I’ve installed a calendar on the website. For now it just shows the current Masters and LTR events. But as we shake out the bugs we can add additional information, and even possibly scheduling of open rowing events, or allow users to add their names to the daily event to show their intent to row. https://spokanerowing.org/wp/webcalendar/